That’s right folks, Ip Man 2 comes out on DVD on June 25th, and I am truly psyched.
Take another look at the trailer, maybe it’ll help you get as excited about it as I am:
From what I’ve read over at Love HK Film and Twitch, Ip Man 2 is somewhat of a step down from it’s predecessor, with a second-half plot that is essentially the Hong Kong equivalent to Rocky IV, as is clearly evident from the trailer above.
Does that bother me?
Not one bit.
Rocky IV may have been retarded, but it was still a kick ass movie that’s fun to rally behind in a “Yo Joe!” sort of way.
That’s actually kind of gross.
Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen = Peanut Butter and Jelly.
Though Donnie Yen would have to be the Peanut Butter, ’cause Peanut Butter kicks Jelly’s ass any day…
Hmm, now that I think of it, I don’t even really like Jelly….
*AHEM!* Whatever, the point is: Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen working together is always a good thing.
In my eyes, the pair honestly can’t make a bad movie.
Dragon Tiger Gate was convoluted and bland, but it was no means bad.
Outside of that one misstep, every other movie the two have worked on together has been a winner in my book.
The archetypal story of the Chinese being bullied by foreigners and being forced to find redemption through beating the piss out of said foreigners is a story that Hong Kong cinema will never abandon.
It’s simply a result of putting a nationalistic spin on the universal “underdog” story that we all know and love.
It’s cliche yeah, but who’s to say that’s a bad thing when it comes to making movies about people frequently engaging in protracted 5 minutes fist fights?
So what if I already know the story coming in?
So what if the villain’s acting performance is supposed to be over-the-top to the point of near Ultimate Warrior levels?
Maybe I like that in my kung fu movies!
Ip Man 2 could have the worst acting and the shittiest plot in the history of Hong Kong cinema, but with Donnie Yen on board, and the promise of excellent fights conducted and performed by the man himself, Sammo Hung, there’s almost no way I won’t like it.
DONNIE FUCKING YEN.
SAMMO FUCKING HUNG.
FIGHTING EACH OTHER!!!!!!!!!!
FIGHTING DARREN SHALAVI IN A BOXING MATCH!!!!!!
I can’t explain it, but for some reason I find it easier to buy into the ceaseless melodrama of Hong Kong films than I do American ones.
Maybe it’s the innate sense of unity and bold-faced patriotism that often permeates most Chinese films that strikes a chord with me, or simply an element of the culture that I appreciate, but either way, when it comes to getting my screen-fighting fix, I know where to look.
Expect a review of the movie in a few weeks.
Here’s to Ip Man 2 being my summer event movie.
Well, until The Expendables comes out anyway.